Thursday, 26 May 2016

Salvia hierosolymitana

Salvia hierosolymitana
One of the big Mediterranean clary sages with rosettes of large basal leaves and tall branching sprays of mauve pink, hook-shaped flowers.
Salvia hierosolymitana
Fairly cold tolerant but from the Middle East so needing a very well-drained hot sunny site.
1L pots ~ £7

Crambe maritima

Crambe maritima
Our native Sea Kale (seed collected locally, on Shoreham Beach by the way) with phenomenal big waxy wavy pale grey leaves and chunky heads of honey-scented white flowers.
Crambe maritima
The new leaves are purple tinged and can be blanched under an old bucket and then steamed as a vegetable.
Crambe maritima
Easy almost anywhere sunny but definitely looks best planted among pebbles.
3L pots ~ £8

Ledebouria cooperi

Ledebouria cooperi
For a long time I thought this plant was called Ledebouria adamii. Anyway, a charming little South African bulb with brown lined leaves and rich pink flowers. It builds up quickly into a nice dense pot-full.
Ledebouria cooperi
Not really a cold hardy plant - it's best kept dry in winter - but I hear claims that it can do well in a sheltered, sunny, well-drained spot outside in milder areas. Perfect undemanding plant for a terracotta pot in an alpine house or stood outside for the summer.
10cm pots ~ £5

Two new dates for your plant hunting diaries

To add to previously announced dates, this summer, Brighton Plants will also be at :-

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair
A surprisingly large and beautiful country and kitchen garden emerges from behind a narrow Brighton town house. Quite remarkable
The Garden House
5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT
Saturday 4 June, 11am to 5pm
£2:50 – children free

Plant Fairs Roadshow
Hall Place & Gardens
Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ
Sunday 3 July 2016, 10am – 3pm
free entry

Hope to see you there